Nike Removes Washington Redskins Clothing From Website Amid Team Name Controversy

Nike appears to have pulled the Washington Redskins’ merchandise from its website Thursday night, hours after the FedEx team sponsor publicly called on the franchise to change its name.

Searches on Nike’s website for the team’s clothing did not return any results. The Washington Redskins’ name has also been removed from a menu listing the 31 other NFL teams in Nike’s online marketplace.

Screenshot of Nike website (Nike)

FEDEX ASKS WASHINGTON REDSKINS TO CHANGE TEAM NAME

“We have spoken to the NFL and shared our concerns over the Washington team name,” Nike said in a statement Friday. “We are delighted to see the team take the first step towards change. “

The company has yet to comment on the clothing withdrawal.

Screenshot of Nike website (Nike)

The goods went missing a day after a group of 87 investment firms sent letters to three of the Redskins’ main sponsors. Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo have been urged to pressure Washington team officials to change the name and end their business relationship with the franchise if ownership does not comply.

FedEx owns the naming rights to the Washington Stadium and its CEO, Fred Smith, has a minority stake in the franchise. In a statement released earlier Thursday, the company said it has asked the team to change its name.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS SPONSORS URGED TO CUT LINKS UNLESS TEAM CHANGES NAME

“We have communicated to the Washington team our request to change the team name,” FedEx said in a statement to FOX Business.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said for years that he will never change the name of the team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in 2018 that a name change was unlikely.

In their letter to Nike, investment groups praised the company’s support for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who led the players’ national anthem protests in 2016, but noted that ‘he had profited from the sale of Redskins merchandise.

“In light of the Black Lives Matter movement which has drawn the world’s attention to centuries of systemic racism, we are seeing a new wave of opposition on behalf of the team,” the companies said in the letter to Nike. “Therefore, it is time for Nike to face the magnitude of this moment, to voice its opposition to the racist name of the team, and to take tangible and meaningful action to pressure the team to quit the racist name of the team. ‘she stops using it. “

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Nike has been the official supplier of NFL uniforms and secondary gear since 2012. The current agreement runs through the 2028 season.

While Nike has sold team clothing in recent years, the company has distanced itself from the Redskins team name. Last fall, Nike sold “Salute to Service” hoodies to benefit military charities and called the team “Washington Football”. The Redskins were the only NFL team whose hoodie didn’t refer to their name.

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